Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall
116 9th St @ Mission
San Francisco CA   

The Static Illusion Methodical Madness Music Series is a musician run bi-monthly music performance series bringing highly professional and truly adventurous music that would not normally be heard or supported by mainstream presenters. Since 2001 the SIMM Series has been curated by Outsound Presents and local improvisers/composers/sound artists Rent Romus and Bill Noertker. They present a cross section of sound artists and musicians from the experimental improvisation and composition genres.
Alternate Sundays 7:30-10pm
Admission $10-15 sliding scale (unless otherwise stated)
All ages welcome.
The series is an artist-run, grass-roots DIY effort that relies on volunteers. Please contact Outsound Presents to get involved in marketing and project support.
Outsound Presents is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer collective of explorative sound artists who support the SF Bay Area new and experimental music scene.
Please read the policies here. Contact Rent Romus for booking and all other inquires.

Artist-run, volunteer, grass-roots DIY effort
Type of Music Presented
Experimental: new sonic, improvised, noise, electronic, lowercase, avant and improv jazz (most styles), outrock, 21st century composition, and sonic art. See artist list below.

Bi-monthly on Sunday Nights 7:30-10pm
Two acts per night
6:15pm Load-in Setup 7:00pm Door opens

Performances although scheduled for 7:30 may start around 7:45 depending on audience participation.

Booking Lead Time Two to three months in advance
Terms & Policy
100% paid to performing artists.
One comp admission per artist.
No Open Rehearsals. Please be prepared prior to your concert.
No Power tools, or destructive devices of any type allowed. No fire or fume generating devices unless under a controlled environment and is 100% non-toxic. No smoking of any kind allowed in the space.
Facility and Equipment
Sound studio, three tables, seats approx 35.

Piano, drum kit with stands(no cymbals), music stands

Tiny storefront on 9th Street near Market
about 2 blocks from Civic Center Street BART station.
Parking on Sundays is free and normally available along the street. 9th Street is a one way street in the northerly direction.

Do Not Have
Projector, microphones, instrument cables, power strips, sound system
Do Not Provide
No guaranteed payment, guest passes, hotel accomodations, transportation, or a sound person.

(rehearsals should be facilitated by the groups on their own time)
To Book a Gig
Check calendar for date availability.
Submit performance description with proposed dates, brief artist bios, website information and links to audio/video to Rent Romus
Past Performers
Over the course of its Thursday night concerts, the series has presented hundreds of artists drawn from a vanguard roster, among them Biggi Vinkeloe, Cash Killion, Henry Kaiser, Fred Frith, Gino Robair, Wolfgang Fuchs, Karen Stackpole, Gianni Gebbia, Oluyemi Thomas, Eddie Gale, Jim Ryan, Dina Emerson, Jack Wright, Rent Romus, CJ Borosque, Danielle DeGruttola, Bob Marsh, Shoko Hikage, Xome, Randy Yau, Stimbox, and countless others both local and international.

Audience Feedback
"This series in the Musicians Union Hall, 116 9th St @ Mission, SF, reminds me of cozy parties among friends at my favorite yakitori joint, nestled under the Shimbashi Bridge in Tokyo in the night rain… from the outside a few hints of warm light and laughter, on the inside a serious good time. The difference is that, unlike the yakitori joint, the SIMM Series is a spaceship that travels to other musical dimensions.
An acoustic-centered sister of the Luggage Store Series, SIMM has brought the best cutting-edge acoustic jazz and avant-garde musicians in and out of the Bay Area to SF audiences and delivered one musical adventure after another. It's my honor to return to this series."
-Joe Lasqo, pianist

Upcoming Events:
Sunday, October 20 2019 7:30 PM
7:30 pm Ends Meat' Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble
Erika Oba - piano/flute, Chris Bastian - bass, Eli Maliwan - tenor saxophone, Rachel Austin - vocals
8:30 PM Trouble Ensemble
Rent Romus, Joshua Marshall: saxophones, Jakob Pek: guitar, Tim DeCillis: vibraphone,
Andrew Jamieson: piano, Chris Lauf: drums, Ernest Larkins: voice

Drawing on their shared influences rooted in jazz, electronic, and experimental new music, the members of Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble compose and improvise new works centered on ritual, deep listening, and liberation.
Erika Oba is a composer, pianist/flutist, and educator based in the SF Bay Area. As a composer she has written works for big band, small jazz ensembles, chamber groups, dance and theater. As a performer she is a member of the Montclair Women’s Big Band, Ends Meat’ Catastrophe Jazz Ensemble, electro-jazz duo Rice Kings, and The Sl(e)ight Ensemble. She is currently on faculty with the Jazzschool Community Music School’s youth program, and is a resident music director for Berkeley Playhouse’s youth program. She received her BM in Jazz Piano Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and her MA in Music Composition from Mills College.

The spirituals illuminate the spiritual force that troubles the waters of injustice and oppression using the power of African and African American music and spirituality. Originally songs of black American slaves, they are rooted in song, dance and drumming of West Africa, the experience of oppression of an uprooted people, and the teachings of a transformative faith. They troubled the dominant narratives, and their message and tradition continue to trouble unjust systems today. Composers and experimenters (like Sun Ra, Charles Ives and Pauline Oliveros) troubled the musical establishment and its conventions as they envisioned radical new ways of making and listening to sound. Their traditions are a separate musical “voice” from African American spirituality and the two voices cannot merge into one. Instead, they must converse. Listen to one another. Learn from one another. Discover harmony. Enjoy dissonance. Each with our own distinct voices, we create, listen to, revere and question, the melody, rhythm and text derived from spirituals, and other songs they inspired, we revel in our own ways of enjoying, discovering and making

Sunday, November 3 2019 7:30 PM
7:30 Echo's Bones
Sheldon Brown - clarinet, bass clarinet/Joseph Noble - flute, alto flute, bass flute/Amber Lamprecht - oboe, English horn
8:30 Noertker's Moxie
Annelise Zamula - alto sax, flute/Joshua Marshall - tenor sax/Bill Noertker - contrabass/Dave Mihaly - drums

Echo's Bones is a woodwind trio based in the San Francisco Bay Area that plays avant pastoral improvised music. Echo’s Bones developed from the desire to hear the combined timbres of three different acoustic woodwind instruments blending, diverging, conversing. Never having played together before, the trio members were startled and pleasantly surprised by the sounds they created on their first meeting (documented in their “Eponymous” album on their web site— Since then, they have been enjoying their developing conversation.

Amber Lamprecht: oboe, English horn. Amber Lamprecht was born into a very musical family and has been playing music since she was in elementary school. She studied oboe at the University of Colorado in Boulder’s College of Music and also plays English Horn, flute, alto flute, and sings. Although her education and practice was in classical music, after college she began developing her improvising skills in a variety of musical genres. Since then, she's been playing in a wide array of genres through local groups, session playing, as well as touring internationally many times. She is a member of The Red Room Orchestra, Marc and the Casuals, The Awesome Orchestra Collective, Graham Connah's big band ensemble, and a part-time member of Noertker's Moxie. She's performed with Rodriguez, Tony Danza, Bart Davenport, Mark Eitzel, Karina Denike, The Vocal Arts Ensemble, The San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra, and many other groups

Sheldon Brown: clarinet, bass clarinet. Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown has been active on the San Francisco Bay Area creative music scene for over 30 years. In 2014, he premiered his commissioned extended work, Blood of the Air, at the SFJAZZ Center as part of the 32nd Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival and in 2018 released the studio recording of the work. He is an original member of Electric Squeezebox Orchestra and has composed and arranged for that group since it’s inception in 2015. Brown has toured extensively with Omar Sosa and other notable ensembles and performs with many Bay Area artists, such as Ben Goldberg, Darren Johnston, Ian Carey, and Matt Small. He has performed with many of Graham Connah’s various ensembles, and he composes, arranges, and performs with Clarinet Thing, Club Foot Orchestra, and Hemispheres. In 1988, he performed with Anthony Braxton in Braxton’s extended work, Composition 132, at Grace Cathedral as part of the San Francisco Jazz Festival.

Joseph Noble: flute, alto flute, bass flute. Besides playing in Echo’s Bones, Joseph Noble plays or has played in Cloud Shepherd, Ouroboros, Chamber Cloud, and Ornithos Loom. He is also a poet with three published books. More information about his music, poetry, essays, and artwork can be found on his

Bassist/composer Bill Noertker has been active in the Bay Area jazz and avant-garde scene since the late 1980s. Since 2001, he has lead his own ensemble, Noertker's Moxie, as a forum for compositions inspired by visual artists such as Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, architect Antoni Gaudí, poet Rainer Maria Rilke, sculptor David Beck, and others. Noertker has composed over 175 pieces of music for this group and has released ten CDs, including three volumes of his extended suite Sketches of Catalonia, three volumes of his extended Blue Rider Suite, and three volumes of his druidh series.
He has also composed music for three films that showcase the intimately-scaled sculptures of David Beck, composed the score for a Nikos Koumoundouros film that screened at the Festival de Cannes 2010, and most recently scored the Olympia Stone film “Curious Worlds: the Art and Imagination of David Beck.”

Dave Mihaly is a drummer, multi instrumentalist and composer living in San Francisco. He has toured the world playing music and has studied music and percussion with a variety of teachers in NYC, NJ and California. Mihaly has played in many jazz, rock, punk, folkloric and experimental bands and is featured on over 30 recordings, including his own Shimmering Leaves Ensemble (Porto Franco Records). His latest recording is Light in the Ring: the Ali Suite.  More...